16 April 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Fictional Animal Print

Today for Twinsie Tuesday we're doing fictional animal print nails! I wanted so much to make up some colourful, fantastical new creature for this, but my brain just wasn't having it. Instead of "fictional" it got stuck on "mythical," and from there it went straight to dragons.

dragon scales nail art

The base is a roughly sponged gradient of OPI Big Apple Red, OPI In My Back Pocket (orange) and OPI Need Sunglasses? (which I desperately need a new bottle of because I barely had enough left to yellow up the tips). To add some fire, I used Essie Shine of the Times, a stunning flakie top coat, and then on top of all that, I painted scales in coppery-gold acrylic paint.

Next time I do something like this, I'm going to make the scales a lot bigger and not cover so much of these blazing flakies, because they looked awesome. Also, painting gold on top of shimmering yellow? Reeeally hard to see straight. >_<

fire dragon nail art

I decided to go specifically a with fire dragon because the colours are just so Hong Kong. Especially for New Year's, red dragons are absolutely everywhere. Dragons are said to be lucky, as are red and gold--red because it drives away evil and gold because gold is gold. Hopefully I can remember this design for next Chinese New Year!

(By the way, the larger pictures...good view of the details or just sodding enormous?)

Thanks for stopping in, and for more fictional animal prints, please check out some of the other TT blogs!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Beaulieu Review
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

43 comments:

  1. I love the colors you used - definitely like a hot, burning dragon!

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather! I'm usually into much cooler tones, but I'm trying to branch into the warmer colours more often--hehe, these are nothing if not warm! :P

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  2. Awesome mani! And I love the bigger pictures. :) I do that too.

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    1. Thank you, Cordia!! I love nice, big pictures like yours when I'm visiting blogs, but I'm just not used to seeing my own hand this huge. ;o)

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  3. This looks so awesome Elizabeth!! Really pretty!

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  4. SO multidemensional! I love it! Also, I personally love the big pictures!

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  5. Ooooh this is awesome! Great job on the scales!

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    1. Thank you so much for saying that, Anne! Those things drove me around the bend, trying to get them somewhat straight. >_<

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  6. This is gorgeous, I love the dragon colors used - well done!

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  7. This is so pretty. I love dragon print!

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  8. I love how the scales fade in to the gradient. Beautiful!

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  9. That is lovely! Love the gradient on it!

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  10. So stunning! The colors work very well together!

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  11. These are gorgeous! So fiery! I have the same problem with fish scales. It seems like they have to be really big! The bigger, the better they look.

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    1. Thank you very much! This was my first time doing any kind of scales in nail art, but now I totally want to try again--and definitely make them a whole lot bigger!

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  12. Awesome job! I love the colors you used.

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  13. Love this!! I can totally see the Hong Kong influence here and I love how you took a lot of different elements (gradient, flakies, nail art) and turned them into one gorgeous mani!

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  14. Not only do I love this mani, but I also love the new look of your blog!

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    1. Thank you very much, Tina! For both!! ^_^

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  15. I love everything about this! It has so many dimensions! Also your blog makeover looks fab!

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    1. ChiChi, thank you so, so much!! Hehe, I worried at first that I might've been trying to pack too many elements into one manicure, but I figured fire dragons aren't exactly fabled for their subtlety. Which is good because neither am I. :oP

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  16. Lady, this is just too much amazingness for one post.

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  17. Dragon on fire! :-) You did a beautiful work here! :-)

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